Pause works with those who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. We aim to break this cycle and give women the opportunity to develop new skills and responses that can help them create a more positive future.

We create a space for change, allowing women to focus on themselves, sometimes for the first time in their lives. Every person we work with is treated as an individual: we do not define them by their difficulties. Instead, our relationship-based approach supports them in  building their self-esteem and developing their aspirations.

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Pause works in partnership with public and third sector organisations across England and will soon begin work in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Pause packs a punch, says independent evaluation

An extremely effective programme that has a positive and significant impact and saves money: that’s the ringing endorsement of Pause by an evaluation commissioned by the Department for Education’s Innovation Fund. Pause was found to improve the lives of those it works with, increasing engagement with other services, including healthcare, and tackling issues of self-esteem and trauma, and most significantly reducing the number of children needing to go into care. Read more here


Join us for a lunch and learn event in Leicester

Lunch and Learn sessions provide professionals with an opportunity to hear more about the Pause Programme and what we have learnt so far through delivery and roll out. You will get to meet Kate Tilley, Director of Business Development, and Anna Rickards, Head of Practice and Learning, as well as hear first-hand from a Pause Practice about their experience.

Lunch and refreshments are provided and there is no cost to attend this event. Book your place here


Symposium: Taking time, Creating space, Enabling Change

Catch up on what happened at the first-ever Pause symposium, Taking time, Creating space, Enabling change, which took place in London on 13 October.